Soapbox Special 2018

Submissions are now open for “soapbox” talks.

Save the Honeybee?

Save the Honeybee stories are never far from the news, but is the species really under threat? And should environmentalists be interested in them at all?

Atheism in ancient Greece

By Dr James Ford. Full title and blurb TBC.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Following an animated discussion of Bitcoin at a social, we’ve invited some people with experience of it to give an inside perspective on what blockchain is, and why so many people trust it.

Playing with Mathematics

Mathematician and YouTuber Katie Steckles takes games and puzzles, and shows us how they fit into our understanding of mathematics — or our lack of it.

Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

Prof Keith Still provides some background to crowd risks, crowd counting and the “behind the scenes” story of the Trump inauguration crowd size, which gave rise to the phrase “alternative facts”.

The pathway to intended violence for mass shooter Dylann Roof

Following her very popular previous talk, Clare Allely has agreed to come back and tell us more.

Witchcraft and the Law

Far from being a study in insanity, witchcraft laws can tell us about our ancestors’ circumstances and their ways of looking at the world. Find out why we look for witches… and sometimes find them.

Do I actually need to worry about AI?

Is AI our biggest existential threat, or just naysayers drumming up doomsday scenarios? Well, as usual, it’s a little bit more complicated than that.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

For our “QED Fringe” talk this year, Dr Mike Drayton will ask: is it possible to spot lies?